New Hampshire grad Ciocco named new assistant at Alaska-Anchorage

Josh Ciocco has joined the Alaska-Anchorage staff as the Seawolves’ new assistant coach.

A New Hampshire graduate, where he played from 2003-07 and was team captain during his senior season, Ciocco comes to UAA after serving as assistant coach at Milton (Mass.) Academy, while scouting amateur hockey events for the U.S. Hockey Report.

“During this process, Josh separated himself with his knowledge of the player pool and his recruiting ability,” UAA head coach Matt Thomas said in a news release. “He has a tremendous eye for talent and a work ethic that will create immediate success for us. I look forward to having Josh represent the Seawolves on the national stage and be an integral part of our development.”

“I’m really excited to get up to Anchorage and begin the process of establishing UAA as a fixture at the top of the new WCHA,” added Ciocco. “We have the youngest staff in college hockey and we are all energized and prepared to put in the man hours needed to get the ship moving in the right direction.

“Anchorage is a beautiful city and I’m looking forward to making the move. I’d like to thank Matt for giving me this opportunity and I am extremely excited for the season to begin.”

After graduating from UNH, Ciocco spent two seasons in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers (2006-07) and under Thomas with the Fresno Falcons in 2007-08.

In 2010, Ciocco completed his MBA from UNH before serving as an on-air analyst for all televised Hockey East games, including the Beanpot, Frozen Fenway and the league’s championships game. He also spent two years scouting and recruiting for Pulver Sports Management from 2008-10.